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Heroes Wood is the name being given to a newly planted area of woodland in the park.
Originally this was an environmental project to increase the bio-diversity of the park by introducing a sustainable woodland which could be coppiced and allow for the growth of mushrooms.
As the project evolved it was noted that the planting coincided with the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and continued through the seventieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War. The suggestion was made that the wood could also become a memorial to all those who had given their lives in the two world wars from the Gorton area.
It was therefore suggested that the wood should be called Heroes Wood. This would give a whole new dimension to the significance of the wood and provide a unique memorial for the people of Gorton.
The Heroes Wood project now proposes to create a memorial area in the location of the old bandstand site which will comprise of a Roll of Honour of all the fallen of the Gorton area, a background historical information board and a memorial stone. This area will be surrounded by the new wood.
The distinguishing feature of the memorial will be that it will be the only site which provides a comprehensive roll of honour with the names of all the fallen from Gorton.
A team of local historians and interested local people is currently working on this project with the aim of completing the project by 2016. We would like to make this a fitting place of memories that will be a proud reminder of an aspect of Gorton’s past in a place which the people of Gorton have always held dear.
If anyone would like to be part of this project or has any information or suggestions which may be of interest we would be delighted to hear from you. Back…